Thursday, May 4, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Op Shop Upgrades Blessed

One of St Vincent’s de Paul’s two Vinnies op shops has recently been revamped, the upgrades being blessed by Father Stephen Hanley on Friday April 21.

The North Mackay store has been fitted with air conditioning, fans, roller doors and more to make the customer and volunteer experience a more pleasant one.

President of the Saint Jude Saint Vincent De Paul Conference Laurence Bonaventura said he is happy with the upgrades as they assist his role of supporting volunteers.

“We appreciate the work that our shop does as it raises money for St Vincent’s de Paul to complete those charity works within our region and wider appeal,” he said.

“That’s why we really value what they do for us as a society, and we assist where we can.

“Having Father Stephen bless our building and those who work in it is the spiritual link between our work and doing God’s work to assist those needing a helping hand.”

Regional Operations Manager for the Rockhampton Diocese Gina Dann, saying the work of the shops is vital in raising funds through Special Works Programs such as Housing and Homelessness, Drug and Alcohol, Education and Employment.

“As a Values based organisation, it is very important to provide a respectful workspace for our volunteers and a dignified shopping experience for our customers,” she said.

“What we are aiming to do is provide a great shopping experience that promotes ‘Feel Good Finds’ - that feeling you get when you know that when you purchase from us, that money is going back into your community to support those that need a hand up.”

Vinnies North Mackay Warehouse Manager Katia Lunney and Father Stephen Hanly cutting the celebratory cake. Photo supplied

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